Photo taken during our trip to Manly.
This is the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge that connects the Sydney central business district and the north shore and is the iconic image of Sydney. During Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, fireworks are positioned and fired below or around the bridge. Guided tours are available for those who wish to walk on top of the bridge; this is one of the many attractions of the bridge.
A closer look at the bridge.
History, records that there was a dramatic events involved during the planning and construction of the bridge, and so the people were so ecstatic during the construction and later celebrated the moment of its final or time it was finished. Also, at the cutting of the ribbon during the formal opening, there was a man with a sword who rode a horse, grabbed the moment and cut the ribbon before the New South Wales Premier at that time could do so. The ribbon was retied and the Premier did cut again the ribbon after the military man was arrested. It was formally opened on Saturday, 19th March 1932.
Another close up photo.
Another simple bridge located in Winsor beside the Hawkesbury River, recently built and named after Private Luke Worsley, born in Winsor who was killed in action in Afghanistan in late November 2007. Took this photo December last year while on our way to the Sandsculpting Championship in Winsor, New South Wales.
Luke Worsley Bridge
A Winsor lad killed in action while on duty in Afghanistan.
Hampden Bridge at Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales
This is the Hampden Bridge in Kangaroo Valley a two hours’ drive from Sydney or Canberra between the South Coast and Southern Highlands. The bridge is wonderfully attractive because of its built and the most photographed in the country. It is the longest suspension bridge built across the kangaroo river and arguably one of the most important examples of bridge engineering heritage in Australia, second only to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The plate that recorded Hampden Bridge’s past.
As recorded, construction began in 1895 and the bridge was opened on the 19 May 1898, just six days before floods washed the old bridge away, a just in time engineering feat for the community.
We were here for a weekend getaway two years ago with some friends and had a night slept at the Kangaroo Valley Glenmack Park’s cabins.
The longest suspension bridge in the country.
Seacliff Bridge, Wollongong, NSW
This was my first time to walk into a bridge like this. The $52 million Sea Cliff Bridge is a balanced cantilever bridge located in the northern Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia and links the coastal villages of Coalcliff and Clifton. Aside from a two lane of traffic, a cycleway and a walkway were built from which people can enjoy the coastal scenery of the Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Indeed, spectacular as you go on a walk up and down the bridge with a view of the mountain cliff and the coast.
A closer look at the bridge
The 665 metres Sea Cliff Bridge was opened in December 2005 along the Grand Pacific Drive and has boasted the tourism’s annual intake of Wollongong, an icon to the people of Wollongong and around the world. Visitors can just get out of the car and stretch their legs. They say it is also a great viewing platform for migrating whales heading north/south during migrating season but I haven’t gone or seen this awesome view yet here.
The bridge and the coast
On a commercial advert on television, and I’ve seen this commercial too, the Sea Cliff Bridge has been featured in a joint 2007 Ferrari/Shell Fuel television advert that was shown not only in Australia but also in many countries around the world. The television advert featured a Ferrari Formula 1 car being driven along the bridge at high speed. Continuing a trend of using the bridge in a television commercial, the bridge has been featured in many car advertisements around the world, including in VE Holden Commodore commercials.